National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) is set to kick off next week, and contestants have already started to arrive at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming, to prepare for the finals.
The CNFR is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. National team championships are also awarded to the men’s and women’s teams that earn the most points over the course of the finals.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, resulting in many world champions. It allows them to compete locally and then move on to compete nationally for the majority of their youth careers, preparing them to be competitive at any level.
2017 edition of the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) is celebrating 25 years of superb youth rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The IFYR will kick off on Sunday, July 9, and go through Friday, July 14. Over the years, many great competitors have made their mark in the history books at the IFYR and many records have been set.
This year’s NLBRA Finals, which are running from July 4-9 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, are set to host over 2,000 entries and over 1,200 contestants during the nearly week-long event.
Elle Eagles, Penrose, Colo., 51.627; Peyton Glenn, Edmond, Okla., 51.906; Justine Elliott, Lacombe, Alberta, Can., 51.949; Shai McDonald, Gardiner, Mont., 52.119; Kelsey Cadwell, Oakdale, Calif., 52.138.
Payton Lackey, Blanco, Texas, 228; Jess Pope, Garnett, Kan., 225; Evan Betony, Tonalea, Ariz., 219; Tyler Johnson, Athens, Texas, 217; Daylon Swearingen, Piffard, N.Y., 214.
Chaser Crouch, Corsicana, Texas, 443; Jakob Dees, Elgin, Okla., 440; Riley Bishop, Hollister, Calif., 439.5; Clay Ellis, Dows, Iowa, 438.5; Lane Cooper, Weatherford, Texas, 437; Austin Christensen, Laverne, Okla., 437.
Brighton Bauman, Okeechobee, Fla., 7.49; Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, 7.59; Josie Reno, Springfield, Ore., 7.78; Kelly Valdez, La Junta, Colo., 8.14; Maddy Deerman, Hope, N.M., 8.51.
Jess Lockwood comes in in fourth place and Kaique Pachecho in fifth, both within 500 points of Kolbaba. In sixth, Chase Outlaw is 1135.84 points behind the leader.
“We have six riders that are roughly within 1,000 points of the leader, Derek Kolbaba, and that’s the most riders that we have had that close in recent history,” Gleason said. “The most we’ve had dating back almost 10 years is three riders that had that close of a gap between them for the world championships.